Bowfell

Bowfell

Southern Lake District

Route: Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 7th July 2014

Walkers: Andrew Gilly and James

Distance: 8.8 miles

Weather: Showers and mist at first but cleared up and sunny later on

Our son James was staying with us in the lakes and we decided to take advantage of the extra car by planning a linear walk. We drove in cars 1 and 2 to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, leaving car 1 there but then driving in car 2 to the Three Shires Stone at the top of the Wrynose Pass (an interesting journey in itself)

From the Stone a path took us to Red Tarn and from there we made a pathless ascent of Cold Pike. It was windy, cold and misty and the omens weren’t good for the rest of the walk – luckily the weather improved as we went along

We followed the tortuous but fascinating ridge line of Crinkle Crags, and then went on to Bowfell – an awesome place, with wonderful views all around

There then followed a long descent down The Band into Langdale and back to car 1, which we used to return to car 2. We were all very tired by the end of the walk – it wasn’t so much the length of the route, rather the steep and rocky nature of the terrain which made progress very slow and hard on the knees. The scenery however was dramatic and beautiful all the way and we agreed that it had been a red letter day

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